Some of you may have heard of the passing of Trevor Newell last week but many of you who are new to the College may not know about Trevor’s amazing legacy. If it had not been for Trevor’s dedication, prayer and faithfulness to building a Christian school in Beerwah, GCC may not even exist today.
Trevor was one of the original elders of Glasshouse Country Baptist Church who had the vision for a Christian school in Beerwah. Trevor even offered the use of his farm for that purpose and had demountables on his land ready and waiting for council permission, which did not end up being granted. It took 20 years before the demountables would be removed and it was only a few years ago the Newell’s chicken shed was finally cleared of desks and storage when the College found alternatives.
Trevor, along with the other church members, gave up weekends and devoted every available hour to clearing the land and building the first two buildings that became, as it was known back then, Glasshouse Country Christian College. Those buildings are still in use today as Main Admin and B Block.
Trevor’s desire for the College to prosper was not limited to his physical efforts. Trevor continually prayed for the College and whenever a financial need arose, it was mysteriously met.
The College’s Emily Lord Award is presented to a Year 12 student who demonstrates the highest level of commitment across all facets of the College. The award was named after Miss Lord because she dedicated her life to the service of God and was an amazing prayer warrior. It seemed only fitting that her nephew, Trevor Newell presented this award at our annual awards night as he embodied the same qualities. As Parkinson’s disease took its toll, Trevor’s wife Pam was asked to present the award on his behalf.
Our staff, students and families owe Trevor Newell a debt of gratitude that can never be paid. His desire for a Christian school to be a shining light in the community came to fruition and 21 years later we are still able to show and tell the love of Jesus Christ for everyone who will hear it.
We can’t all be Trevor Newells, but his example is a good time to consider our legacy for our children, our families, and our College. Everything we do now is part of the legacy we leave behind, whether it be small acts of kindness, quiet prayer for others or even something grand.
Proverbs 21:21 says, “Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honour.” May our legacy embody these qualities and makes the world a better place for our children and grandchildren.
Mike Curtis, Principal